One of the challenges facing teachers is maintaining good order and discipline in schools. Dai Durbridge looks at the powers available to teachers regarding the use of force, and outlines the legal framework of this delicate area

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Confiscating pupil property can be an effective tool in maintaining order in classrooms and holding the attention of pupils. Dai Durbridge explains the legal provision and how teachers should make their decisions to confiscate

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Amid increasing and disproportionate publicity about injuries to children on school trips, as well as teachers’ concerns about liability in the case of an accident, Sarah Erwin-Jones explains the relevant legislation and signposts guidance

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The Staying Safe Action Plan was launched by Ed Balls in February 2008, but what does the government hope to achieve with Staying Safe, and will it work? Susie Roome discusses the policy and practical implications of this three-year strategy

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Legal Expertise considers how the Children and Young Persons Bill looks set to have a significant impact on the way schools admit and teach looked after children

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On 30 January 2008 the House of Lords gave judgment in six cases on issues of limitation and negligence. The ramifications of the decision for those working in education are far reaching, as Dai Durbridge explains.

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The recent media frenzy surrounding the safety of personal information has pushed data protection and information sharing back into the spotlight. We consider whether the risk of losing children’s information should make us review our methods of sharing it.

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Legal Expertise looks at the management of an allegation of harmful behaviour made by a child against a member of staff

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In this issue look at the important issue of personal information and data security

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A significant number of teenagers were stabbed to death in our cities during 2007. Legal Expertise explains the new powers given to headteachers to search pupils for weapons with and without consent

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